Symphony, like Charlie Brown, seeking a better Christmas

Troy Shantz The International Symphony Orchestra is ready to breathe new life into a holiday classic this weekend. The playbill of “Peanuts and Sleighbells” includes songs Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Linus danced to for generations. As well as a four-tune medley from Vince Guaraldi’s score of “A Charlie Brown Christmas!” the show features segments of… Read more »

High school curling back for another season

Sarnia’s high school curlers were back on the ice this week. The season kicked off Dec. 3 at the Sarnia Golf and Curling club with six matches featuring boys and girls’ teams. Varsity teams from School Secondary Catholic Saint-François-Xavier faced Northern Collegiate, while St. Patrick’s was up against Wallaceburg. Great Lakes Secondary, which is fielding… Read more »

Province begins consultations on Blue Box overhaul

Ontario’s plan to overhaul the Blue Box system moved forward last week when it began the first consultation involving municipalities, waste management companies and waste producers. The province wants to build a “circular economy” in which producers, rather than municipalities, are held responsible for managing plastic and other packaging at end-of-life. The Association of Municipalities… Read more »

Downtown decks the halls for next First Friday walkabout

Journal Staff The holiday edition of First Friday arrives in Sarnia’s downtown Dec. 6 bringing with it the sights and sounds of Christmas. The a cappella quartet Resolution will add to the evening’s festive mood by singing in various spots throughout, and The Nightingale Chorus performs in the lobby of the Imperial Theatre from, 6:30 p.m. to… Read more »

Bus tours to take in residential Christmas lights

Residents can check out homes decorated for the annual Celebration of Lights competition by bus next week. The tours run by Sarnia Transit take place Thursday, Dec. 12 and Friday, Dec. 13 and leave from the southwest entrance of the Lambton Mall. Twelve tours are available nightly beginning at 6:30 p.m., departing promptly every 15… Read more »

Arbitrator gives firefighters new three-year contact

The Board of Arbitrator has settled a contract dispute between Sarnia and its firefighters, although the new collective agreement expires again at the end of this month. The award provides a three-year contract for members of the Sarnia Professional Firefighters Association. It includes salary increases of 1.5% each year and new pregnancy and parental leave… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – In what decade did the first Tim Hortons open?   2 – Sarnian Michael Leighton, who recently retired after nearly two decades of professional hockey, played what position?   3 – Who is the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Zeus?   4 – Paintings by local artists Irvin Hawkes and Bob Coates will… Read more »

Volunteer receives builder award from Gymnastics Ontario

Journal Staff A long-time volunteer has been recognized by Gymnastics Ontario for his extraordinary dedication to the Bluewater Gymnastics Club. Curt Bladon received the Club Builder Award at the provincial organization’s 51st annual banquet in Mississauga earlier this month. The award recognizes extraordinary volunteerism at the club level, and Bladon has repeatedly gone above and… Read more »

Pool medalists

Members of the Sarnia Rapids swim team had strong performances at a meet hosted by the Guelph Marlins at the University of Guelph. They included, from left, back row: Daisy Jenkins, 13 (gold and silver), Jack Girardi, 14, (gold, silver, bronze, Kayla Marshall, 16, (three bronze), Cooper Stanford, 14, (bronze), and Gabrielle Jones, 14 (two… Read more »

Origin of Christmas told in hundreds of nativity scenes

Troy Shantz More than 300 versions of the nativity story are coming together at First Christian Reformed Church for the 7th annual Nativity Walk. The two-day event showcases a diverse collection of nativity sets from big to small, and traditional to unique. The first family of Christmas — Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus — is… Read more »